APS 222 Animal and Plant Science Tutorials

Level 2
Semester 1 & 2
Credits 10
Pre/Co Requisites APS 135 or APS 118
Recommended Requisites -
Teaching Staff All Teaching Staff
Co-ordinator Dr Kai Zeng


This course will:
Train students in the key generic and subject-specific skills necessary to pursue a career in biology, including research, building on those skills developed during Level 1 modules. Specifically, training will be provided in the production of both written and oral articles for a diversity of audiences (including scientific and the general public), and the acquisition, evaluation, interpretation and presentation of complex data sets. Students will also be exposed to current issues in biology and these will form the basis of the exercises undertaken to master key generic skills. You will also be given the opportunity to enhance and discuss your personal development with your tutor.


The following topics will be included in group tutorials:
• Acquisition of advanced writing skills, including the ability to obtain and synthesise complex information and evaluate it in a critical manner.
• Data analysis and experimental design.
• Critical evaluation of scientific papers.
• Acquisition and synthesis of information from scientific papers and seminars, together with production of short abstracts.
• Production of oral presentations.

Delivery method: Group tutorials as arranged by individual tutor.

Assessment Method: Essay writing (one essay 30%), Data analysis and experimental design (one exercise 30%), Short written synopsis/abstract (one exercise 20%), Oral presentation (one presentation 20%).

FEEDBACK: Feedback will be given on assessments within 3 weeks of submission. Review of exam scripts following January exams is arranged through tutors.

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